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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

BMW Reveals 400-horsepower Sport Activity Vehicle -- X6

Here in Detroit, BMW went one step further in answering unasked questions, revealing the production model of the new X6 sport activity vehicle (SAV). We're not sure what sports they're referring to, but as far as activity goes, Bimmer engineers apparently went hog wild in countering the inherent flaws of a such high -ground-clearance vehicle for sporting pursuits. They're defying physics with what BMW calls its intelligent X-Drive, a new ground-control system that distributes power between front and rear axle, and its dynamic performance control system, which distributes torque between left and right wheels as needed. Both supernannies are standard on the 2009 X6. Not standard, though a tasty option, is a new, direct-injection, twin turbo V8 producing 407 hp 450 lb-ft. For people who just have to have it all, and are willing to pay smart people to reconcile contradictory desires.

BMW X6 Exterior Live Shots



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BMW X6 Exterior Press Photos



BMW X6 Interior Press Photos

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Ford Verve for North America pics and details from Detroit

After introducing us to the Ford Verve at Frankfurt late last year, Ford is bringing this new global small car platform to the United States. The four-door shown here is the basis for the production vehicle that will hit driveways in North America sometime in 2010, while the three-door is from the Euro-spec model that we may or may not see (depending on the reaction). We imagine that the 18-inch polished wheels probably won't be standard when it goes into production, but it'll be fairly close otherwise. This is for all of you out there joining the chorus of complaints that we're not getting Ford Europe products. Press release below the jump.

Ford Verve North American Concept


Ford REVEALS small-car vision FOR NORTH AMERICA

DETROIT, Jan. 13, 2008 - Ford Motor Company is revealing the Verve, a concept vehicle that makes clear the vision for the new small cars Ford soon will introduce in North America.

The Verve is bold and sophisticated - to help it clearly stand out from other small cars on the road. Ford is building on decades of small car leadership in Europe as it develops new small cars for North America to appeal to increasingly savvy customers who value technology, design and fuel efficiency.
Both four- and three-door Verve body styles are being unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, as curtain-raisers to a new global family of small cars set to debut in Europe and Asia beginning later this year and in North America in 2010. The four-door is the basis for the production vehicle that will be sold in North America. The European three-door is being shown to test market reaction to the bodystyle - as a possible additional small car for the North American market.
The Verve concept has been developed with Ford's new global product development strategy that better leverages the company's global strengths. Globally, Ford is building on its European small-car expertise to stake a bigger claim in this critically important segment. Ford's celebrated small car lineup in Europe includes such top-sellers as the Ford Focus, Fiesta and Ka.
"We're looking at every aspect of what's defined Ford as a small-car leader in Europe and working to build on this expertise in driving dynamics and design across a global family of Ford cars that are as exciting to drive as they are to look at," said Derrick Kuzak, Ford's group vice president, Global Product Development.
"The Verve concept family provides a vision for a new world standard for quality, design and comfort in the small car segment," Kuzak added. "These concepts demonstrate how leveraging our global strengths can yield attractive benefits for our customers in markets around the world."
Those benefits include a bold, modern, design along with sophisticated electronics, premium materials, surprising functional space and a fuel-efficient 4-cylinder engine - all previously unseen in this segment.
Small Car Popularity Skyrockets in North America
Momentum in small-car sales is outpacing overall industry growth worldwide. Globally, small car sales have grown from 23 million units in 2002 to an estimated 38 million in 2012. That's nearly 45 percent of the total expected 85-million unit industry, a level never before achieved. In the U.S., sales of small cars likely will grow by 800,000, or 25 percent - to a record 3.4 million units by 2012.
In fact, small cars and crossovers are the only vehicles with projected near-term growth in the U.S.
Driving the growth in the U.S. market is a group of young people aged 13 to 28 years - dubbed "Millennials." Today, this group stands 1.7 billion strong worldwide and will represent 28 percent of the total U.S. population by 2010.
As a group, Millennials embrace eco-friendliness, stay in constant touch using modern technology and demand best-in-class products from around the world. This group will grow from representing 19 percent of the driving public in 2004 to amassing 28 percent in 2010.
Every day, 11,000 Millennials in the U.S. come of driving age. When it's time to buy their first car, nearly half of this group shops the small-car segment.
"Millennials will be the defining group of customers in the future, driving all types of consumer trends," said Jim Farley, Ford's group vice president, Marketing and Communications. "Ford's European-based cars are a great fit for this generation of drivers, who have grown up with the Internet and mobile phones as necessities, not luxuries - believing that bigger isn't necessarily better, precision is everything and technology rules."
Verve Redefines Small-Car Segment
The Verve concept demonstrates that largesse is no longer the price of admission for a delivering a premium driving experience.
"The Ford global design team remembered, not so fondly, the econo-boxes of the 1970s and created the Verve concept as a vision of just how good a small car can be," said J Mays, Ford's group vice president of Design and chief creative officer. "Verve aims to 'right' North American buyers' earlier small-car experiences by offering a product that changes customers' views of small cars from 'cheap' to chic - and from affordable to desirable."
The Verve concept is built off of a design architecture flexible enough to yield three distinctive vehicles that are each recognizably Ford. The flexible design architecture also allows Ford to adapt quickly to rapidly changing customer tastes and will help the company enter new markets utilizing regionally tailored products off of a common platform.
The North American Verve sedan, painted in Rouge Red, has been modified slightly from its European and Asian counterparts - most notably in its front fascia.
Designers created a bold, three-bar graphic with a Ford blue oval in the upper grille opening and downsized the lower, inverted trapezoidal grille. Two unique LED side markers flank the front fascia.
What carries through all three global concepts are Verve's sophisticated design language and its inspiration: A modern world of fashion and cosmetics, echoed in the Verve's rich colors and distinctive, high quality materials.
The hood sculpture is toned and athletic but not overtly muscular. This form language combines with the more pronounced, rearward-stretching headlamps to give the face of the Ford Verve concept a friendly, open and inviting personality. The prominent headlamps feature two projector beams and a light-emitting diode (LED) array.
From the side view, the concept looks energetic and purposeful. Its profile is emphasized by the pillarless side window shape and the upper contour that mirrors the body's curving upper contour line.
This extends rearward from the angular A-pillar to marry the sculpted, semi-high-mounted, LED tail lamps sculpted to become part of the fullness of the body shape. These elements blend cohesively together and support the vehicle's panoramic glass roof.
The 18-inch, 12-spoke, two-piece alloy wheel design lends even more drama to the car, punctuated with a subtle sidewall stripe that complements the rich body color.
Other accents on the vehicle include a discreet chrome bar in the door handles and similar use of brushed aluminum on the lower grille surround, the rear license plate surround and on the lower edge of the front fog lamps.
Technologically Inspired
Verve's unique architecture embraces key electronic systems such as navigation, a dynamic sound system and in-car phone controls. Aesthetically, the Verve interior follows the curves and contours of the instrument panel shape.
Functionally, the center stack design decouples traditional elements of the entertainment system - the screen, control elements and the electronics. Separating these features allowed designers to position controls for optimal ergonomic positioning in a design that resembles the logic of a mobile phone.
The center console includes a tray for a mobile phone or MP3 player as well as a large bin for a purse near the handbrake. The center stack is a unique combination of sculpture, colors, materials and jewelry-like brightwork.
The concept's climate controls, highlighted in a lozenge shape at the midpoint of the center stack, feature large twist dials that were inspired by the sculpture found in high-quality power showers.
The primary gauges - speedometer and tachometer - are uniquely framed by binocular-shaped, short tunnels of brightwork that complement the center stack and contrast the rich interior colors like a fashion accessory.
Ford Verve concept's steering wheel is another work of sculpture. Its center section, sculpted of soft-feel material and framed in brightwork, provides a rich tactile and visual centerpiece for the Ford oval.
"Customers in this segment demand the best," says Mays. "While young in age, they are sophisticated, globally connected and demand the best the world has to offer, be it consumer electronics, fashion or automobiles. The Verve concept shows people that when it comes to style and sophistication, Ford can compete - and even outshine - the best in the business."
Ford: European Small-Car Know-How
Driven by a new global product development system that leverages Ford's global strengths, Ford designers in Dunton, England, and Cologne, Germany, developed the common small-car platform based on the converging tastes of global consumers.
Ford maintains small-car leadership in Europe with vehicles set apart by their world-class driving dynamics and dynamic designs.
With more than five million vehicles produced in Europe since it was launched in 1998, the Ford Focus is one of the only vehicles in the world to be named "Car of the Year" both in Europe and in North America. It is Ford's perennial top seller in Europe and, in 2007, was Europe's top-selling car in its class.
The Ford Fiesta - which is smaller than the Focus - debuted in 1976, and it has sold more than 12 million units in Europe.
The iconic Ford Ka redefined the small city car sector in Europe with its eye-catching and enduring design and fun-to-drive character when it was introduced more than 11 years ago. Sales remain strong - with more than 1 million cars sold.
The European Ford Fusion - introduced in 2002 - increased its sales by approximately 19 percent in 2007 versus the previous year and remains in the European top three sellers in its segment.
"We're known in Europe for uniquely executed small cars, and this is the perfect time to bring this expertise to buyers in North America," Kuzak said.
[Source: Ford]

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Detroit Auto Show: 600+ HP Corvette ZR1 live reveal!


Anyone want to buy a 2009 Corvette ZR1? The official website just went live. [Chevy





Corvette ZR1 Live



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Detroit Auto Show: More 2009 Corvette ZR1 Pr0n!

Hey, you know -- who can't get enough of the 600+ HP 2009 Corvette ZR1? We know we can't -- which is why we sent Team Jalopnik photographer Sherry Kraft down to the show floor to get us some more shots of Chevy's new super-hotness. We hope you enjoy these close-up and friendly shots. We did, and we ain't even dragons.

2009 Chevy Corvette ZR1 FTW


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Detroit Auto Show: 2009 Corvette ZR1 at GM Style, on Runway...and with Kid Rock?

Oh yeah, that's it baby, that's it -- work it girl! Work -- oh wait, something's not right. We know why -- that's not a model up there. Nope, it's the 2009 Corvette ZR1 -- unveiled here at the GM Style event tonight for it's first ever public unveiling. For a moment we thought maybe it was just some insanely beautiful woman. Also, we thought we were a dragon. Shoot -- wrong on both counts. Still some sexy metal -- and an amazingly sexy engine. Click the link if you've been living in a cave bereft of any and all automotive news and need to know more about Chevy's new super-Corvette. And yes, to clear up any questions, that is Kid Rock behind the ZR1 and yes, that is Jeff Gordon driving it down the runway. But, what truly made the evening amazing was none other than Run of Run D.M.C. jumping out on stage to bust some rhymes -- or whatever it is them thar rappers do. We were too busy gaping at the ZR1 to notice much of what else was going on. Mary J. who?

2009 Chevy Corvette ZR1 - Live and Uncut


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Detroit Auto Show: 2009 Corvette ZR1? Wait, GM Style Is About Cars?

Who knew? Seriously -- we're here at the GM Style event and although the place is chock full of pretty people and faux hipsters -- it's unfortunately seemingly rather bereft of the "cars" at the moment. But for a site like Jalopnik, cars are the stars and supposedly we'll be seeing a very special one tonight -- it's the 600+ HP 2009 Corvette ZR1 -- and we're absolutely tingling with excitement and anticipation. So, keep checking back this evening and we'll keep you up-to-date on our first sighting of GM's super-duper car. For the moment be content with a car-star -- GM's Rick Wagoner. He looks totally hawt tonight, OMG!

2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 In Blue


2009 Corvette ZR1

















Although you'll be able to see it for yourself if you're in town for the Detroit Auto Show next month (or watch the coverage live here on Jalopnik!), you still won't be able to see the new 2009 Chevy Corvette ZR1 the way we're showing it to you right now. If you'll remember, we were the first to show you the unofficial shots of the new 2009 Chevy Corvette ZR1's beautiful 620+ HP LS9 engine. Next we brought you the in-cockpit camera footage of the ZR1 taking a lap at Laguna. Then we had the opportunity to show off all of the pictures and details on the new up-powered Corvette ZR1. Now we're going to go a little bit more in-depth, showing off all the little bits n' pieces of the supercharged small-block V8 engine under the hood of Zee-Really fast One. Above, you'll find the LS9 completely exploded and below, you'll find all the little bits n' pieces in the detail you know you need. Specific press release on the LS9 below the jump.

Complete LS9 Engine


LS9 Block and Bearing Caps


LS9 Supercharger and Intercooler


LS9 Oil Pan and Pump


LS9 Piston and Connecting Rod


LS9 Exhaust Manifold


LS9 Crankshaft and 6-Speed Transmission


LS9 Miscellaneous Parts Shots


Auto Buff Book Gets Feelings Hurt, Not REALLY a Bunch of Sleazy D-Bags I got a call -- a 29-minute phone call, actually -- last night from Angus Mackenzie, Editor-in-Chief of Motor Trend. Apparently he was quite offended by our little site calling them a "sleazy bunch of d-bags" on the Corvette ZR1 post we ran on Thursday for being the first to break the embargoed news on the internet. After explaining to me that they didn't actually break the embargo because they received a copy of AutoWeek on their desk a few hours before the embargo broke, and since a printed magazine sent to a subscriber is totally the exact same as a mass communication medium like the internet, he went ahead and decided to "scoop" the rest of the world by running his copy of the press release story. Although I explained we use this thing called "sarcasm" and this other thing called "snark" here on this site -- he wasn't buying it. more

Detroit Auto Show Bad Boy Vettes on the Jakegasm Inside the 2009 Corvette ZR1 So in case you weren't around, yesterday's big product story was the Hennessey 650R Nissan GT-R 0-60 time new 2009 Corvette ZR1. And although we're pretty excited we'll be seeing it live at next month's Detroit Auto Show, there were some folks even more excited than us -- like the 'Vette-madmen at BadBoyVettes. You see, in case you didn't notice, "Jake" the Corvette racing skull, made its way into the engine bay of the new uber-Vette and let's just say those Corvette-loving boys are having a -gasm of some sort over the graphic this morning. Would that be a Jakegasm? No wait, maybe it's a Jakegasm? Whatever it is, here's what they have to say about it:

2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1


2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1: Revealed, Officially!


This is it. The speculation, rumors and half-truths can now be set aside -- this is the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, officially revealed for all the world to see. Powered by a supercharged LS9 6.2L small-block engine, the ZR1 hasn't even received an official horsepower number from the engineers toiling away at the General. All Harlan Charles, project manager for the Corvette team was able to tell us last week was the new high-powered 'Vette engine is "capable of producing at least 100 horsepower per liter. That's at least 620 horsepower, and approximately 595 lb.-ft. of torque." Chevrolet wasn't even able to give us a time on the 0-60. Charles was only willing to say "it's in the low three seconds." The small-block engine under the hood is only able to hit those massive numbers due to the addition of the positive-displacement Roots-type supercharger with a new, four-lobe rotor design plus an integrated charge cooling system that reduces inlet air temperature for increased performance. That's the "go" end, but the "whoa" end is just as impressive. The ZR1 gets some simply huge carbon-ceramic, drilled disc brake rotors. They're so big and are required to be so powerful they're using the same 15-inch-diameter discs found on the front of a Ferrari 599. Except on the ZR1, they go on the 20" tires in the rear. In the front, they'll be getting even larger 15.5-inch-diameter rotors. Yup, they're simply breathtaking to see up-close. For the time being everyone else will have to check out the gallery below or the full press release after the jump. In case anyone's wondering -- the magazine and website all about the Trend in Motors are the sleazy bunch of d-bags who broke the embargo seven hours early. We just followed suit. We'll have more time to talk about that later -- now go and read the press release and look at the pretty pictures.

2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 In Blue



2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 In Black



2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Interior



Chevrolet LS9 Engine


The 2009 Corvette ZR1 is Coming! So Sayeth Hennessey, Reveals 678 HP Venom 650R

Somehow we think maybe the 2009 Corvette ZR1 pre-Detroit Auto Show embargo will be lifting sometime very soon. It's the only explanation we can come up with for why Nissan felt compelled to have an embargo on the 2009 GTR's Z06-beating Edmunds Inside Line 0-60 test lift late last night. OK, maybe that was just a freak scheduling thing -- but then, like a bolt out of the blue devil, we received a press release just past midnight from Hennessey Performance Engineering calling out the Lutzian devil with the blue highlighted engine. Apparently they weren't quite done with the 2008 Viper SRT10. The boys at Hennessey came up with an additional 78 horsepower to add atop the straight-from-the-shelf 600 found in the fang-toothed serpent, bringing the total horses up to a staggering 678 and a 0-60 time to match that of the 3.3-second GT-R. It's called the 2008 Hennessey Venom 650R, and oh, how they rushed this one to bed -- someone check out the gaping hole below the jump in the press release for "fill in original Viper model name here". Yes, somehow methinks these won't be the only high horsepower numbers we'll be comparing by the time we hit the hay tonight.

2008 Hennessey Venom 650R


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2009 Corvette Blue Devil or 2009 Corvette ZR1?

We heard an interesting comment from a PR staffer from the General last week that made us kind of wonder about whether GM's Chevy brand would be sticking to the ZR1 name reported by MotorTrend's Todd "Motor City Blogman" Lassa a couple of months ago. After I mentioned how I'm eagerly anticipating the ZR1's debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January I heard a quickly silenced laugh and the comment "If they ever end up sticking to one name." That suspicious comment combined with the very blue-colored engine cowl shots of the Corvette Blue Devil ZR1 SS Z07 we posted last night make us believe maybe the name really is in flux. We guess we'll have to wait and see if maybe this whole "ZR1" thing is nothing but "chasing bloggers' stories." All we know is those engine shots from last night are still up and no shock troopers banged the door down so we think we're in the clear.

This is the 2009 Corvette ZR1 LS9 Engine and Yes, We're Probably in Serious Trouble

This is it. Thanks to an anonymous tipster we have what appear to be the very first and clearest shots yet procured of the 2009 LS9 6.2-liter V8 engine powering the 2009 Corvette ZR1 -- something we weren't expecting to see until the Detroit Auto Show in January. But, since information yearns to be free -- and whoa, nelly, do these shots show off some serious information on what will be the most serious piece of weaponry in the General's quiver come next year -- here they are and here's what we know. Essentially what you're looking at is what appears to be a standard twin-screw-type supercharger mounted below a highly efficient air-to-water intercooler system. Now, we can't speculate if it's tied into the engine system or if it has an independent radiator system -- but we feel pretty confident all of this is a one-off, which means the General's running the show on every single horsepower above and beyond the stock horse output from the 6.2-liter V8 it all sits atop. Gearheads, your engine pr0n awaits in the photogallery below. While you check that out we're going to go and hide from GM's shock troopers. Hey, does anyone know the number for the witness protection program?

I Am Jacks Raging LS9 Engine



I Am Jacks Raging 2009 Corvette ZR1


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SEMA 2007: APS Twin-Turbos The C6 ZO6 LS7 Engine The folks over at Air Power Systems decided the 505 horses of stock output from the Z06's LS7 engine just wasn't enough for them. So the turbo-lovin' young punks took the stock engine and developed themselves a twin turbocharger kit, which they claim brings the engine's output up to an amazing 1100 rear-wheel HP. Nice -- who needs to wait for the Detroit Auto Show and the reveal of the new supercharged 2009 Corvette ZR1 when you can build yourself an APS-engineered turbocharged Corvette Z06? Well, you won't get the neat-o see-through plastic hood.

Twin-Turbo C6 Z06 LS7 Engine





Holy Hood, Corvette ZR1! Guess we know for sure now that not only does the new 2009 Chevy Corvette ZR1 have a polycarbonate hole in the hood, we also know for sure exactly how big it is well in advance of the debut at the Detroit Auto Show. We also know it'll show off -- umm -- gray plastic? Umm -- right. Anyway, thank you very much random tipster guy who e-mailed us this shot we're assuming was taken at Monterey last weekend. Thank you very much. Higher-resolution shot here.

Our Last Best Set Of ZR1 Spy Photos

2009 Corvette ZR1 Spotted At Laguna Seca, $1000 Bounty Goes Unawarded


Sorry folks, it looks like even with our legions of loyal readers seeking a quick buck by way of our ground-breaking $1000 bounty on spy photos of the 2009 Chevy Corvette ZR1, it just wasn't enough to beat some kid in a forum. That's where we found this shot of the new super-Vette which apparently hit the track this afternoon for some hot laps in the hot Monterey sun. We now hear it's been boarded back up in its truck and is now Detroit-bound. But fear not, we won't be deterred. It's obvious we just need to snag some change from under the couch cushions to drop into the basket for our next bounty. Maybe we'll even double the price and see if we can snap shots of Zee Really fast One with even less camo -- like none at all. [via Corvette Forum]

Our Last Best Set Of ZR1 Spy Photos


The Post Where We Offer $1000 for Pictures of the 2009 Corvette ZR1 At Laguna Seca UPDATE:We have a winner -- sorta. OK, not really -- but we do have video!We're pretty excited about the not-yet-revealed 2009 Chevy Corvette ZR1 doing some hot laps at the season-ending ALMS race at Laguna Seca this weekend. We'd really like to be there ourselves. Unfortunately none of us can make it due to the Tokyo Auto Show. So here's the deal -- we're going to do something no blog's ever done before. Since we still want to see the 650-HP monster-Vette lap the track we're placing a bounty on the head of the pretty "Victory Yellow" 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 just snapped by the very naughty young lads at BadBoyVettes. A one thousand dollar bounty! Seriously! A thousand bucks to the first person who sends us shots of the 'Vette in all of its glory in the paddock and out on the track. There are of course, just a few caveats, for which you'll need to hit the jump.

Sample Photos - Find This In Yellow


2009 Corvette ZR1 WILL Lap Laguna Seca This Weekend! UPDATE: We offer a $1000 cash bounty for spy shots of the Corvette ZR1 this weekend! Bad Boy Vettes has snagged themselves a shot of the 2009 Corvette ZR1 sitting pretty in a trailer and painted in "Velocity Yellow" -- well before it's expected Detroit Auto Show unveiling in January. While we too have quite a number of spy shots of the ZR1 already (as evidenced below), what we have now is confirmation to the rumors we'd heard from multiple sources that the new 650 HP super-Corvette WILL be lapping the track at Monterey this weekend for the ALMS season-ending race at Laguna Seca. If that's not enough to floor you, we'll have something very important to announce ourselves in about an hour -- so if you'll be in attendance at Monterey this weekend, you may want to stay tuned.
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2009 Corvette ZR1 Spy Photos

First 2009 Corvette ZR1 To Be Sold At Barrett-Jackson? According to the breathless one, the first 2009 Corvette ZR-1 will be sold at the Barrett-Jackson car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona mere days after the official reveal at the Detroit Auto Show in January. The annual auction's set to take place January 12-20 2008 -- so if Josh is right, and you want to get your hands on the first of these 650 HP super-vettes, you'll apparently need to snag yourself a plane ticket and go raisin' Arizona come January. We'll of course be live in Detroit to show you the official reveal of the devilish 'vette we've seen in test mule shots, spy photos, spy videos and as one of us was coming out of a secured military compound GM facility earlier this week, in person. [via CorvetteZR1Forum]

Spy Photos - 2009 Corvette ZR1


UPDATE: The 2009 Corvette ZR1 has now been officially revealed!These appear to be the best non-engine bay shots yet of the new-for-2009 up-charged Corvette ZR-1 (or SS, Mako Shark, Blue Devil, or whatever folks want to call it these days). Although one thing we do know is if it's going to be called ZR-1 with that new 6.2L supercharged small-block nuclear reactor powerplant that's expected to be under the hood, then the name probably could stand for "Zee Really fast 1." We're expecting this new 'vette to bow at the Detroit Auto Show in January. Full scoop from spy shooter Brenda Priddy after the jump -- more pictures coming momentarily. UPDATE: Full gallery up below.

Spy Photos - 2009 Corvette ZR-1

The 2009 Corvette ZR1 Is The Corvette SS, Blue Devil, Mako Shark, Z07 Or Whatever Chevrolet's reputed 650-horsepower 2009 Corvette's been called by enthusiasts the "Blue Devil," the "Super Sport," the "Mako Shark," the "Z07" and all sorts of other monikers -- but according to Todd Lassa, Motor Trend's Motor City Blogman, the up-powered 2009 Corvette will be officially called "ZR1." It's a badge with a wee bit o' history and according to Todd, it will appear on the car they'll be showing at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show in January and on the production version that will go on sale later next year as a 2009 model. Much like the facts provided by the boys at Popular Mechanics, Lassa's also telling us they'll still be using the supercharged version of the new 6.2-liter V8 -- the same used in the 2008 Corvette that we've already seen shots of. Lassa's also got the scoop that the price will be "much higher than the 505-horsepower Z06" which Chevy will still continue to build post-launch of the "ZR1." Full gallery of production mule shots of whatever the new Corvette will be called below. [via MotorTrend Blog]

Corvette ZR1 - Or Whatever - Powertrain Mule

Fact Versus Fiction On The New Hyper-Amazing Corvette SS Or Whatever The boys at Popular Mechanics seem to be fed up with all the rumor-mongering going on out there in the internet chat rooms, the enthusiast forums and the (gasp!) blogosphere about the next-gen super-Corvette. This is the same Corvette Super-Super (or whatever) the General's designed to compete with and blow away the 600 HP Dodge Viper SRT10. To combat and beat down anyone talking any of that false jive, they've put always-on-the-prowl spy photographer Jim Dunne on the case to come up with the top five rumors and then do his due diligence to either bunk or debunk them.

Top Is Down On The Corvette SS

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